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#41 big3n09

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    Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:43 AM

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    Thank you and Congrats to you too rydm!
    I wish you luck with your planning. It must be frustrating to have to wait for information like that. But I am hopeful that they will come through in a timely manner for you.

    Yes, I am in Maryland and am planning for a May 1, 2010 wedding. It has been such a process trying to find the right resort though. We would like to have the resort finalized today after spending many days 'ironing out the wrinkles'. I guess next I will focus on invitations? :-)

    Hello and congrats, we are actually booking at Moon Dance Cliffs for that date, it is owned by same people as Moon Dance Villas. Finding the right resort is the hardest thing for many people you have to decide on the things that are a must have and go for the resorts that offer them and weed out the ones that don't. My big thing was I didn't want any other wedding going on the same day as mine so we wouldn't be rushed, no confusion, and we get full attention on our day so that helped me narrow down my decision.
    4/1/11 in St. Kitts at the Marriott I married my best-friend!!!

    #42 rydm

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      Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:51 AM

      Thanks, negrilbridetoo! It's good that you’ve started planning early. Some of the famous vendors get booked fast....so....the sooner you start, the more options you'll have. Some brides on here or at "Moon Dance Cliffs" thread are far with the planning so if you need some suggestions and/or questions, feel free to ask. I'm sure someone will have the answer :-). Happy Planning!!!

      #43 negrilbridetoo

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        Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:40 AM

        Has anyone hired or considered hiring any photographers from Jamaica?

        #44 nylaphoto

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          Posted 27 March 2009 - 02:10 AM

          I posted on the other moondance thread as well, I am shooting a wedding in April at Moondance cliffs and I will post some info for everyone planning when I return. The wedding is in just a few weeks so I should have lots of info to post towards the end of April. So far they have been great with there contact with me and I am excited to shoot at this resort. After talking with my bride it looks like most of the construction is complete and the resort looks amazing. I'll post more later and also some photos on my blog after the wedding. I have to add links to here on my blog before I can post any links though as I am a newbie here..
          Scott

          #45 dillonc

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            Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:10 AM

            Hey All - Sorry I haven't posted in a while as I have been traveling. We are the lucky couple getting married at the Moon Dance Cliffs in April 09 and lucky to have Scott from Nyla Photography as our photographer. The resort is definitely complete from our last visit there in February. Nyla Photography has got a great portfolio - after our wedding we will be posting images on our website www.izlauanddillon.com. In regards to florist we have selected Tai Flora Services Ltd. - Jamaica's Full Service Florists who will be providing all our floral needs in addition to all decor for the wedding. We have compared several florist prices and also been working out all the details and the best selection we found in Jamaica was Tai Flora. Again, after the wedding we will post photos on our website and provide you an overview on what the service was like... Ciao for now...

            #46 big3n09

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              Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:14 AM

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              Hey All - Sorry I haven't posted in a while as I have been traveling. We are the lucky couple getting married at the Moon Dance Cliffs in April 09 and lucky to have Scott from Nyla Photography as our photographer. The resort is definitely complete from our last visit there in February. Nyla Photography has got a great portfolio - after our wedding we will be posting images on our website www.izlauanddillon.com. In regards to florist we have selected Tai Flora Services Ltd. - Jamaica's Full Service Florists who will be providing all our floral needs in addition to all decor for the wedding. We have compared several florist prices and also been working out all the details and the best selection we found in Jamaica was Tai Flora. Again, after the wedding we will post photos on our website and provide you an overview on what the service was like... Ciao for now...
              Welcome and congrats!!! I know you are so excited with your wedding being just a week or so away. Good Luck with everything and make sure you come back and give us all the good details and visit us on the Moon Dance Cliffs thread.
              4/1/11 in St. Kitts at the Marriott I married my best-friend!!!

              #47 nylaphoto

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                Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:15 PM

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                Originally Posted by dillonc
                Hey All - Sorry I haven't posted in a while as I have been traveling. We are the lucky couple getting married at the Moon Dance Cliffs in April 09 and lucky to have Scott from Nyla Photography as our photographer. The resort is definitely complete from our last visit there in February. Nyla Photography has got a great portfolio - after our wedding we will be posting images on our website www.izlauanddillon.com. In regards to florist we have selected Tai Flora Services Ltd. - Jamaica's Full Service Florists who will be providing all our floral needs in addition to all decor for the wedding. We have compared several florist prices and also been working out all the details and the best selection we found in Jamaica was Tai Flora. Again, after the wedding we will post photos on our website and provide you an overview on what the service was like... Ciao for now...
                Hi Izlau, glad you are on here, I searched for your name but I couldn't find you, but I am new here as well as I belong to too many forums between my photography forums and blog, facebook, twitter, it seems never ending at times with the forums. I am glad you are on here so you can post your reviews and photos. I will give you a call this week to finalize all the details. I just changed my flight today because Jamaica Air changed there flight schedule which would have gotten me there too late on Friday, so I will be arriving Thursday night as well a day earlier then expected. It will give me a chance to look around and get some great shots of the resort during the day and night. Your day will be here before you know it, time is flying by. Can't wait to work with you guys and looking forward to the big weekend. I'll talk to you later this week and also send you an email.

                Scott

                #48 nylaphoto

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                  Posted 29 March 2009 - 02:06 AM

                  actually it's Dillon hence the username:) Glad to see you on here, can't wait for the wedding. See you both in just a few more weeks......

                  #49 Christy335

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                    Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:14 AM

                    I'm getting married at Moon Dance Villas on May 29, 2010. We have reserved the entire resort for 4 days and all of our overflow guests will stay at the Cliffs. I LOVE that our party will be the only ones at the Villas, which will make the entire trip so much more special. We will have the 300' of beach in front of the resort all to our selves. I plan on having a luau out there for either the welcome reception or the rehearsal dinner, and having a beach activities day one afternoon complete with sand volleyball, washers, water gun fights, and other games. And I think the wedding reception is going to be so intimate with our own space to ourselves.

                    I was VERY worried about room assignments; I always thought doing a seating chart for a wedding would be hard, so I figured that deciding which villas to put everyone in would be really difficult. I was surprised when we started putting names on paper, it really wasn't so bad. My FH and I will be in the 1 bedroom villa. We are putting my dad and step-mom with FH's mom and dad in the 2 bedroom. The 3 bedroom will be for my mom, my sister and her husband, and my brother and his wife. We are putting the rowdiest groomsmen and their dates/wives in the 4 bedroom, because it is the "party house". It has a pool table and the most mingling room and we figure everyone will end up spending the most time there (especially late nights) and since those guys are the most likely to be up late and "hosting" the party, it was a no-brainer. We are putting my bridesmaids and their dates plus his brother and his date in one of the 5 bedrooms, and his other groomsmen in the other 5 bedroom. (I am having 5 BM and he is having 10 GM.)

                    So that fills up the Villas with just family and the wedding party! Everyone else will be at the Cliffs. All of our guests are paying their room rates + the $115 AI rate per night. This simplifies everything for us and eliminates the need to pay a per person fee for the welcome reception, rehearsal dinner, or the reception.... or any other time for that matter. For the events we will have to pay to rent the tables and chairs, but I don't remember that cost off hand and I left my rates sheet at my mother's house. MDV is providing van transportation back and forth between the resorts as guests come and go. We will do most of the events at the Villas, but I may organize a pool side event at the Cliffs. And we will definitely utilize the spa there!

                    I love that each villa has its own butler and a chef that will custom make any meal the guests desire. If they want to eat lobster for breakfast every morning, they can have it! The only thing is that they have to decide what they want the day before, instead of ordering off a menu like at a restaurant. BUT, I think that this is an added element of luxury which sets this apart from any old "regular" vacation.

                    My FH and I went to Jamaica in December to check out the Villas and the Cliffs to make sure we were choosing the right venue. Not only are we very confident in our choice after seeing it, we also can't wait a whole year to go back! If I'm lucky, I'll be able to talk FH into going down there one more time before the wedding just to "finalize details." ;-) While we were there we met Oneika and loved her. She paid very close attention to detail and didn't even blink at our odd ceremony request (my FH wants to build a platform out on the water where we will stand for the ceremony) and said that she can find a way to make it work. (I'm very skeptical about doing this, but it's the only request he has for the wedding, so I'm willing to consider it.) However, I have hired a separate wedding planner in Houston named Debra Gullette of Designer Destination Weddings. (Designer Destination Weddings ) She has done a few weddings at Moon Dance already and is quite close to Oneika from the work they have done together, so between the two of them I am sure they will be able to coordinate everything beyond my wildest dreams.

                    I am not very far into the planning stages (just working on my STDs now) but I will come back here and post any details I have about MDV as I get them. The things I am pretty sure about already are: 1) I am going to use the simple arch the Villas do ($50) instead of the expensive florist-made arch. The MDV arch is very simple and elegant and I thought the pictures of the more expensive ones looked too busy. (I am a "less is more" kind of person.) 2) I will incorporate the steel drum in the rehearsal dinner (I think) and the sax for the wedding procession. 3) We will be using Misha Earle (Zenfolio | misha earle photography ) as our photographer. (She is an associate of Sungold Photography - who I loved, but they were on the expensive side, and when I came across her photos, I fell in love with her work!) 4) Our colors will be cream with accents of celedon. ..... hmmmmm ..... I think that's it, for now...

                    I hope more MDV brides will post pictures and details as they go!

                    #50 blckrevpower

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                      Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:33 AM

                      Christy335,
                      I'm also looking at Moon Dance Villas. How did you quote the prices to your family/guests with the villas having separate prices?
                      Our wedding will be much smaller, and many of our guests don't know each other. Don't know how that room assignment thing is going to pan out!
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